Nationals release Jamey Carroll

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Washington released 40-year-old Jamey Carroll, who was competing for the utility infielder job on a minor-league contract.

Carroll looked just about done for the Twins and Royals last season, hitting .211 with a .518 OPS in 73 games while struggling to control the strike zone for the first time in his career. He’s also no longer really a legitimate option defensively at shortstop, which makes him ill-suited for a true utility man role.

However, assuming that he wants to keep playing at age 40 there should be some team that likes Carroll’s veteran-ness enough to give him a look. Back in January he reportedly had multiple offers before deciding on the Nationals.

Rockies expect Seunghwan Oh back in 2019

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Rockies reliever Seunghwan Oh recently said to the Yonhap News Agency that he wanted to return to South Korea to finish out his career. He has one year and $2.5 million remaining. His 2019 club option became guaranteed when he reached 70 appearances in the 2018 regular season. It sounded like Oh didn’t want to pitch for the Rockies next season. Oh said, “I am a bit exhausted after spending five seasons in Japan and the United States. I feel like I want to return to the KBO while I still have the energy to help the team and pitch in front of home fans. I can’t make this decision alone. I’ll have to speak with my agency about the next season.”

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich has a different sense of the situation, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Bridich said, “From what we have been told, it was much ado about nothing regarding Oh. His comments to the Korean media were not specifically about 2019. It was more about ending his career there. Our understanding is that he has every intention of honoring his current contract.”

Oh, 36, pitched 68 1/3 innings this past season between the Blue Jays (47 innings) and Rockies (21 1/3). In aggregate, he posted a 2.63 ERA with a 79/17 K/BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings. The Rockies have the bulk of their bullpen returning next year, save for Adam Ottavino who is a free agent.